A Rainbow In The Basement

Saltire Society First Book Award-nominatedLife & death, love & loss, hope & despair, belief & disbelief. A novel about a lot. Our lot. Magic is more than a word – something Matthew Ellis discovered when he was 12. It was the year he crossed an ocean. His mother told him it was for the best. He…


Genre: Fiction
Subjects: belief, death, disbelief, faith, life, Loss, love, magic, Scotland

The Slave Boy: The life of Olaudah Equiano

This is the harrowing, emotional story of Olaudah Equiano, The Father of Black Literature, who, in 1789, set out to end the slave trade. The Life of Olaudah Equiano is curriculum-linked both in the United States (Grade 8) and in Britain (History Key Stage 3 and Universities: The Enlightenment). Olaudah Equiano and his sister were…


Genre: Biography, Faction, Librario
Subjects: abolition, Africa, Barbados, Father of Black Literature, Olaudah Equiano, slave ships, Slave trade, West Indies, Wilberforce

Penance

Debut crime fiction from one of the BBC’s best-known voices. From Ireland to Scotland. From life to death. Oonagh O’Neil has a challenge on her hands – and her head over a toilet bowl. TV journalist and media darling Oonagh O’Neil faces danger and chaos when an elderly priest dies on the altar of his…


Genre: Crime, Fiction, Sociological, Strident
Subjects: crime, Glasgow, journalism, Magdalene Institution, religion, Scotland, TV

North of Porter

Aliens. Abductions. Genuine designer bags. Teenager Porter Minter arrives in Castlecrankie in a car that has no door handles. In the boot is a suitcase. In the suitcase is a boy. In the boy is the future and the past. The Armpit of the Universe wasn’t Porter’s destination of choice, he’s been dragged there. And…


Genre: Coming of Age, Fiction, Murky, Mystery, SciFi, Strident, Weirdness, Young Adult
Series: The Castlecrankie Chronicles | Subjects: Acceptance, aliens, Diversity, JFK

Follow Me

TC Farries AwardWhat is the deadly allure of the Barn? 17-year-old Kat Sullivan has been devastated by the loss of her twin sister, Abby, the most recent of five teenagers to have died in the town of Eddison, all within a year. No-one seems able to explain the circumstances surrounding her death. As Kat struggles to move on, she is…


Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Strident, Young Adult
Subjects: Andy Warhol, art, coming of age, cult, romance, Underground, Vulnerability

Nothing

“From the moment you are born you start to die.” So says Pierre Anthon when he decides there is no meaning to life, leaves the classroom, climbs a plum tree and stays there. His friends and classmates cannot get him to come down – not even by pelting him with rocks. To prove to him…


Genre: Coming of Age, Existential, Fiction, Modern classic, Strident, Young Adult
Subjects: celebrity, Meaning of life, self-awareness

For the Good of the Cause

For The Good of the Cause explodes the romanticism of The Skye Boat Song in a bold fictionalisation of the events that inspired it. It gives an insight into why people follow leaders…sometimes regardless of their flaws. Young Flora MacDonald is no Jacobite rebel. Nor is she an admirer of the Jacobites’ fugitive leader, Bonnie Prince…


Genre: Adventure, Faction, Historical, Strident
Subjects: Bonnie Prince Charlie, Culloden, Flora MacDonald, Jacobites, rebellion, Scotland, Skye, uprising

Endless Empress: A Mass Murderer’s Guide to Dictatorship in the Fictional Nation of Enkadar

New from Supreme Master of Weirdness Kirkland Ciccone (not to mention 2014 Catalyst Book Award WINNER)… Over one thousand teenagers entered the school hall at nine o’clock. But someone didn’t stick around for long… Enkadar is a country without war, violence, disease and poverty. It is paradise. There is only one problem with the glorious nation…


Genre: Crime, Fiction, Murky, Satire, Strident, Young Adult
Series: The Castlecrankie Chronicles |

Conjuring the Infinite

Catalyst Book Award winnerWINNER of the Catalyst Book Award 2014   Read: CONJURING THE INFINITE by Kirkland Ciccone chapter 1 or CONJURING THE INFINITE by Kirkland Ciccone chapter 1 And here’s an hilarious Teen Titles interview with Kirkland, alongside a review of Conjuring The Infinite.   Madness. Magick. Murder The Cottage is a care unit in the country for…


Genre: Fiction, Murky, Mystery, Quirky, Strident, Weirdness, Young Adult
Series: The Castlecrankie Chronicles | Subjects: crime, cult

Bad Faith

Life’s easy for Cassandra. The privileged daughter of a rector, she’s been protected from the extremist gangs who enforce the One Church’s will. Her boyfriend Ming is a bad influence, of course, with infidel parents who are constantly in trouble with the religious authorities. But Cass has no intention of letting their different backgrounds drive…


Genre: Action, Coming of Age, Crime, Dystopia, Existential, Fiction, Satire, Strident, Thriller
Subjects: crime, Meaning of life